Komen Cutbacks Won’t Impact This Year’s SF Walk, Race for the Cure

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day fundraising walk will not return to the San Francisco region next year, officials from the breast cancer organization announced this week.

The 60-mile, three-day walk, in which participants raise money for breast cancer research and prevention, was canceled in the Bay Area and six other regions nationwide because of low participation and donation rates, Komen officials said.

“While the 3-Day has brought great awareness to the breast cancer cause, participation levels the last four years have made it difficult to financially sustain an event of this magnitude in 14 cities,” organization officials said in a statement.

The walk will still be held in seven other regions—Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Michigan, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle and the Twin Cities.

Participants are required to raise at least $2,300 for the cause.

“Many participants have reported that enthusiasm for the series remains very high, but it is more difficult for people to donate at levels they had in the past,” the statement read.

Plans for this year’s San Francisco walk have not been affected, and it will be held as scheduled on June 21-23.

Other Susan G. Komen events and year-round health resources and services in the Bay Area will continue.

The cancellations affect only the 3-Day walk, not the organization’s Race for the Cure events. The next San Francisco Bay Area Race for the Cure 5K run will be held Sept. 29 along the Embarcadero in San Francisco.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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